Sonia Gechtoff “The 1960s In New York: A Series of Transitions”

David Richard Gallery

Oct. 25, 2024 - Nov. 19, 2021

211 East 121st Street
New York, 10035
PHONE 212 882-1705

David Richard Gallery is pleased to present Sonia Gechtoff (1926-2018), The 1960s In New York: A Series of Transitions, an exhibition that looks critically into this pivotal and transformative period following the artist’s move from San Francisco in 1958. Like the preceding decade, during the mid-1950s with Gectoff’s arrival in the Bay Area, the 60s were full of change and experimentation in New York. This presentation maps several such transitions, including: changes in Gechtoff’s painting medium and method of application; experimenting with collage and lithography; but most profoundly, the notable change of the imagery in her drawings and paintings.

The presentation will include paintings and drawings, the mainstay of Gechtoff’s repertoire from the 1950s and 60s. Both media share strong relationships to one another with bold marks, paint laden strokes on canvas, full bodied gestures with graphite on paper, and equal attention given to figure and ground that spans both decades. However, this presentation will focus on the technical, formal and aesthetic changes that occurred in the 1960s with respect to Gechtoff’s paintings and drawings and will also include the new media of collage and lithography from that period.

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